ADI Part 3 Explained

ADI Part 3 Explained

ADI Part 3

To become a driving instructor in the UK, you need to go through a series of tests and qualifications. The "ADI Part 3 test" refers to the third and final part of the qualifying process for becoming an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).

ADI Part 3: Instructional Ability Test
The ADI Part 3 test evaluates your instructional ability and teaching skills. It assesses your competence in providing driving lessons and guiding students effectively. The test is conducted by a senior examiner from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

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ADI Part 3 - Your Ability As A Teacher

A good teacher possesses several qualities and skills that contribute to their effectiveness in the classroom. Here are some key attributes that make a good teacher:

Knowledge and Expertise: Good teachers have a deep understanding of the subject matter they teach. They are knowledgeable, up to date, and able to explain concepts clearly and effectively to students.

Effective Communication: Good teachers are skilled communicators. They can convey information in a clear and concise manner, adapting their communication style to suit the needs of different students. They listen actively, encourage questions, and provide constructive feedback

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  • Adaptability and Flexibility: Effective teachers are adaptable to different learning styles and can modify their teaching strategies to accommodate the needs of diverse students. They understand that each student has unique strengths, weaknesses, and ways of learning, and they adjust their approach accordingly.

  • Patience and Empathy: Good teachers demonstrate patience and empathy towards their students. They understand that learning can be a challenging process and are supportive, encouraging, and understanding of students' individual struggles and progress.

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Reflectiveness and Growth Mindset:

Good teachers are reflective practitioners who constantly evaluate their teaching methods, learn from their experiences, and adapt their approach accordingly. They have a growth mindset and embrace opportunities for self-improvement.

ADI Part 3 Explained

What you’ll be marked on

You’ll be marked on 17 areas of competence that are grouped into 3 categories:

  • lesson planning
  • risk management
  • teaching and learning strategies

The 17 areas of competence are listed in the ADI part 3 test report form, which the examiner will fill in at the end of your test.

You’ll get a score from 0 to 3 for each of the 17 competencies, which are added up to work out if you’ve passed the test, and what your grade will be

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Understanding the different ways people learn

There are various learning style models that categorize different ways in which individuals prefer to learn. Here are some commonly recognized learning styles:

  1. Visual Learners: Visual learners prefer to learn through visual aids such as charts, diagrams, graphs, videos, and images. They benefit from seeing information presented in a visual format.

  2. Auditory Learners: Auditory learners learn best through listening and verbal communication. They prefer spoken explanations, discussions, lectures, and podcasts. They often remember information by hearing it.

ADI Part 3 Learning Styles

  • Kinesthetic Learners: Kinesthetic learners learn through physical activities, movement, and hands-on experiences. They benefit from interactive tasks, role-playing, experiments, and real-world applications of knowledge.

  • Reading/Writing Learners: Reading/writing learners prefer to learn through reading texts, taking notes, and writing summaries or essays. They excel at processing written information and organizing their thoughts through written expression.

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The Adi Part 3 test of instructional ability

The object of this test is to assess the quality of your instruction and your ability to pass your knowledge on to pupils.

What happens during the test

A Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency examiner will watch you give a client-centred driving lesson lasting about an hour to one of your pupils.

The examiner will look for evidence that you meet the national standard for driver and rider training.

Your pupil

Your pupil can be a learner or a full licence holder.

They can’t be an approved driving instructor (ADI) or someone else who is preparing to take the ADI part 3 test.

You can take your trainer or mentor with you, but they can’t take part in the lesson.


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Your test result

After you give the lesson, the examiner will discuss your performance and give you your result.

You’ll get your grade, along with your completed approved driving instructor (ADI) part 3 test report form.

Total score

Grade Description 0-30  Fail Your performance is unsatisfactory, and you won’t join the ADI register

31-42 Grade B You’ll be allowed to join the ADI register

43-51 Grade A You have shown a high standard of instruction and you’ll be allowed to join the ADI register

You’ll automatically fail if:

  • you get a score of 7 or less in the ‘risk management’ category
  • the examiner stops the lesson because you’ve put yourself or someone else in danger

If you pass

You can apply for your first ADI badge if you pass the ADI part 3 test.

You must apply within 12 months of passing the test, or you’ll have to pass all 3 qualifying tests again.

If you don’t pass

You can take the test again if you fail the first or second attempt. You must book the next attempt within 2 years of passing your ADI part 1 test.

Failing the third attempt

  • You have to retake and pass the ADI part 1 test and ADI part 2 test again if you fail the ADI part 3 test at your third attempt.
  • You must wait 2 years from when you originally passed the ADI part 1 test before you can take it again.


Appeal your ADI part 3 test

You can appeal if you think your examiner didn’t follow the regulations when they carried out your test.

Your test result can’t be changed, but you might get a free retest if your appeal is successful.

You have to appeal to a magistrate’s court or sheriff’s court.

You must appeal to a:

  • magistrate’s court within 6 months if you took your test in England or Wales
  • sheriff’s court within 21 days if you took your test in Scotland

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ADI PART 3 Successes

Trying to pass your ADI Part 3 may seem daunting, but thats what we at Driver Training Ltd are here for! Natasha (left) and Jemma both passed their ADI part 3 FIRST TIME!

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Mel (left) passed her ADI Part 3 first time. Mo (right) passed his ADI Part 3 First time at the age of just 23! Making him one of the youngest ADI's in the uk

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